Max Verstappen dominated the Monaco Grand Prix, leading from start to finish, registering his 39th career victory. He was followed by Fernando Alonso, who finished P2 after trailing the Dutchman for the entirety of the race. Despite being over 50 points behind Verstappen in the championship, the Spaniard has issued a subtle warning to the defending world champion.
Speaking to the media in his post-race interview, Alonso said, “We’re not the fastest, but we weren’t the fastest in 2010 either and we led the World Cup in Abu Dhabi. We weren’t the fastest in 2012, we came to Brazil with options.” The 41-year-old is shedding light on how despite Red Bull having the fastest car in 2010 and 2012, the title fight still went down to the wire for himself and Ferrari.
He was warned by Red Bull not to grow overconfident by drawing parallels to these instances. Aston Martin is currently second quickest on the grid. Still, Fernando Alonso is not ruling out a title fight, as he has brought title fights to the last race before in his career with his timeless ability. If Red Bull and Verstappen grow complacent, Alonso is ready to pounce on any opportunity that comes his way.
Fernando Alonso narrowly missed out in 2010 and 2012 despite not having the quickest car
In the 2010 F1 season, Fernando Alonso kept the title fight alive until the last race through skill, consistency, and strategic prowess. Driving for Ferrari, Alonso showcased his experience and talent by consistently delivering strong performances throughout the season. Despite stiff competition from drivers like Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber of Red Bull, Alonso secured several podium finishes and crucial victories.
He demonstrated his ability to capitalize on opportunities and extract the maximum potential from his car, often making decisive overtakes and strategic moves during races. While ultimately finishing as the runner-up in the 2010 championship, Alonso’s impressive performances throughout the season allowed him to keep the title fight alive until the last race, showcasing his skill and resilience as a driver.
During the 2012 F1 season, Alonso showcased his exceptional skill and unwavering determination yet again as he fought to keep the championship battle alive until the final race. Competing for Ferrari, Alonso faced formidable adversaries such as Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull and Lewis Hamilton from McLaren. Despite not having the fastest car on the grid, Alonso consistently delivered strong performances and maximized his results.
Although Alonso narrowly missed the championship title in 2012, his remarkable performances showcased his skill, strategic acumen, and ability to make the most of his opportunities. He ensured a thrilling title fight that went down to the wire, earning him admiration as one of the top drivers of the season. This is why he has not ruled out his chances of a title in 2023, despite Red Bull and Verstappen’s formidable dominance.
Tanuj is a motorsport content writer for FirstSportz from Bangalore. He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science. He is an ardent Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen fan. Apart from religiously following Formula One every weekend, he is a passionate Real Madrid supporter, and is also his college football team's captain.
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